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2014 Final Player of the Game Results

The Player of the Game stat is one unique thing about BurningRiverBaseball.com. It is a fluid number that includes hitting, pitching, defense and base running that I created in 2007. The stat is found by attributing points to every event on the baseball field (such as a single is worth 0.33), then adding them together. […]

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Final 2014 Player Power Rankings

Things didn’t work out quite as well as the Indians were hoping this year, but there were plenty of positives going forward. While the Indians didn’t have the depth to continue on to the play-offs, as can be seen by looking at almost every player outside of the top ten, the still had some great […]

What Went Wrong in 2014

After a short exit from the play-offs disappointed the Indians in 2013, nothing less was expected this year. Despite those expectations, the Indians were eliminated even earlier in 2014 than they were the season before, two days before the regular season’s end. While some of this is due to the maturing talent in Kansas City, where […]

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How Justin Masterson Cost the Indians the Play-Offs

When comparing the 2013 play-off Indians with 2014 team, there have been a surprising number of improvements considering the less successful outcome. Offensively, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana all had better seasons than in 2013, while Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn put up similar numbers. Cody Allen was significantly better than […]

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The Incredible Transformation of Carlos Carrasco

While Corey Kluber has grabbed most of the accolades for the Indians starting rotation this season, there has been another pitcher who has been even better than the Indians ace. Since rejoining the starting rotation on August 10th, Carrasco has posted a 5-2 record with an ERA of 1.32, a .183 BAA and 68 strike outs […]

Don’t Turn Off the Lights Quite Yet

We may have gotten ahead our selves here at Burning River Baseball. In post games over the past week, we have insinuated that the Indians have no chance at winning the division after losing four in a row to Detroit and Houston and almost no chance at winning the Wild Card. Thanks to a three […]

Indians Look To Solve Misfiring Offense

Michael Bourn has admitted the Cleveland Indians need to find a solution to their misfiring offense if they are going to maintain their march for a place in the play-offs. With the regular season reaching its climax, the Indians know that time is running out for them to ensure they repeat last year’s feat of […]

Lonnie Chisenhall’s Amazing Season That Almost Didn’t Happen

Lonnie Chisenhall has been one of the biggest surprises of this season as the top prospect and first round draft pick from 2008 has finally come into his own, coming in second on the team in doubles (32) and batting average (.288), third in hits (137) and OPS (.799), and fourth in RBI (64) and […]

Indians & Fans Coming Up Short In Play-Off Push

The Indians just got off their longest home stretch of the season (11 games), having a chance to take their .600 home winning percentage and make a real move on the Royals and Tigers, who played each other, and the Mariners in the play-off race. They, in fact, did the absolute minimum possible to stick around, […]

Lots to Like About Surging Cleveland Indians

It was looking like the 2014 MLB season would finish in mediocre fashion for the Cleveland Indians. When their August 12 date with the Colorado Rockies was called due to rain, the Tribe owned a middling 59-59 record, good for third place in the AL Central, five games back of the surging Kansas City Royals, […]

Oh, Dickerson, We Hardly Knew Ye

As mentioned in the post game report last night, the Indians have demoted Chris Dickerson in what was a very oddly timed move. Dickerson was originally purchased from the Tigers in July to help with outfield depth after injuries to Michael Bourn and Nyjer Morgan really thinned things out. When he initially joined the club, […]

Parallels to the Past

The schedule makers for the Major Leagues had an eye for retribution this year or else it was a tremendous coincidence as for the second year in a row, the Indians faced off against the Tigers for a four game series at home right when the play-off races were heating up and for the second […]

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Regression To The Mean To Describe Corey Kluber and Cody Allen

In their past two outings, both Corey Kluber and Cody Allen have been less than stellar, especially considering the high stakes.  However, it is a matter of mere perception and regression to the mean rather than deteriorating talent. The concept of regression towards the mean is important in fields far beyond baseball. Wikipedia provides this […]

Indians Have Plenty of Innings Left For October

August was an anomaly compared to the rest of the season as the eighth best offensive team in the Majors became one of the worst and starting pitching, that has struggled to get out of the fifth inning all season looked like a rotation of All-Stars, posting a 2.40 ERA in August. In August only […]

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August 2014 Player Power Rankings

The Indians had a generally positive month of August (17-9-1) and they did so despite being the fourth worst team in the Majors in terms of runs scored (just 3.7 per game). In order to win 65.4% of their games, the Indians pitching staff has had to have been fantastic and was even better. The […]

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